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Jordan Nwora scored 22 points and Louisville had to fend off Lipscomb in the closing minute for a 72-68 victory Wednesday night.

Malik Williams added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville (7-3), which rebounded from a 68-67 loss at Indiana on Saturday that snapped a three-game win streak.

Garrison Matthews led Lipscomb (7-3) with five 3-pointers and 20 points. Rob Marberry added 11 points.

Matthews made four free throws to pull the Bisons to 66-65 with 1:32 remaining. Williams then split a pair of free throws and Darius Perry forced a Lipscomb turnover. Following a Louisville timeout, Christen Cunningham's jumper stretched the Cardinals' lead to 69-65 with 21 seconds left. Another Lipscomb turnover and two free throws from Ryan McMahon made it 71-65 with 10 seconds left.

Nwora ignited the Cardinals, scoring their first 11 points. His 3-pointer and dunk pushed the Louisville advantage to 29-21 with 5:53 left in the half, but Lipscomb rallied to 34-33 when Nathan Moran found Matt Rose for a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Lipscomb grabbed its first lead at 35-34 on a bucket by Michael Buckland to open the second half. Louisville pushed its lead back to 12, but Lipscomb tied it at 52 with 9:25 to go.

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: The Cardinals figured to have an easier time following a tough loss to Indiana, but found themselves in another battle. Williams was a force on the boards grabbing three offensive and 10 defensive rebounds as the Cardinals outrebounded the Bisons 49-35. The Cardinals shot just 23 of 61 (38 percent) from the field.

Lipscomb: The Bisons entered averaging 85.6 points after beating Navy 107-81 on Saturday and losing to Nashville neighbor Belmont 76-74 on Dec. 4. Despite struggling to get shots to fall against Louisville— shooting 23 of 65_they still had a chance late against the Cardinals.

UP NEXT

Lipscomb hosts Division III Covent on Monday night. The Bisons return home after playing six of their last seven on the road.

Louisville hosts Kent State on Saturday as part of a five-game homestand that includes No. 19 Kentucky on Dec. 29.

Ja Morant scored 23 points, distributed 13 assists and grabbed five rebounds, Tevin Brown added a career-high 20 poins with 6 of 11 3-pointers, and Murray State beat regional rival Southern Illinois 80-52 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.

Brion Whitley added a career-high 10 and KJ Williams blocked two shots and scored 10 points for the Racers (6-1), who made 11 of 26 3-pointers and held the Salukis to 31 percent shooting.

The Racers hit three 3-pointers in their opening 13-5 run and Murray State pulled away on 20-3 run capped by Brown's 3 and led 49-18 at halftime.

It's the lowest amount of points the Racers have allowed in a half since giving up 16 points to SIU Edwardsville on Feb. 12, 2015.

Williams dunked for a 59-29 Murray State lead early in the second half and the Racers led 75-45 with 4:30 to play after scoring seven straight.

Eric McGill scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Aaron Cook added 14 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 11 for Southern Illinois (7-4), which saw its five-game win streak end.

Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen, sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Lynn Bowden Jr., senior safety Mike Edwards, junior running back Benny Snell Jr., senior offensive guard Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings  and head coach Mark Stoops have received Southeastern Conference recognition on one or both of the All-SEC teams authored by Athlon Sports and ESPN.

Allen, Snell and Stallings are first-team All-SEC by both selectors.  Athlon tabbed Bowden second team as an all-purpose player and Edwards as a third-teamer.  Athlon chose Stoops as its SEC Coach of the Year and Allen as its SEC Defensive Player of the Year. ESPN announced only a first team (no second or third teams) and did not choose a defensive player of the year.

Allen has been a pass rush terror this season. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK's career and single-season records. His 11 career forced fumbles tie former Wildcats and current Chicago Bear Danny Trevathan for UK's career mark (forced fumbles stats available since 1988).  He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5). He is among the NCAA leaders in sacks, TFL and forced fumbles. Twelve of his 14 sacks have come in the second half of games, including eight in the fourth quarter. In five of UK's wins this season, Allen had a sack in the fourth quarter that was crucial to the Wildcat victory, including two sack/fumble/UK recoveries on the opponent's final possession of one-score games. Here is a list of his SEC honors:

  • Defensive Player of the Year by Associated Press, Coaches, Athlon
  • First-Team All-SEC by Associated Press, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN

Snell, the junior from Westerville, Ohio, also was previously named first-team All-SEC by The Associated Press and SEC Coaches. His 1,305 rushing yards and 14 TDs are among the national leaders in both categories. He joined Herschel Walker as the only two players in SEC history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. He continued his onslaught on the UK record books this season and has broken or tied 13 school records during his career. He needs 107 yards in the VRBO Citrus Bowl to become the Wildcats' all-time leading rusher.  

The awards for Stallings, a senior from McComb, Miss., join his previous first-team All-SEC picks by AP and Coaches. Stallings was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack all year.  He totaled 170 blocks at the point of attack and had 55 knockdown blocks. His blocking efficiency helped Snell reach his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Bowden, a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the league's most explosive threats this season, leading the Wildcats with 62 catches for 661 yards and five touchdowns. He returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 22.5 yards and jumpstarted the Cats' wild, come-from-behind win at Missouri with his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game UK won on the final play of the game. He also was second-team All-SEC as an all-purpose player by the league coaches.

Edwards, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, capped his career in style with a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown on Senior Day vs. Middle Tennessee. Having started 43 consecutive games, Edwards ranked second on the team in tackles with 77, added nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six pass breakups. He joined the 300-career tackle club as well this season. Last week, he was a second-team All-SEC pick by AP.  This marks the third season in a row that Edwards has earned All-SEC honors.

Stoops led Kentucky to a 9-3 record, UK's best regular-season record in 41 years, and UK's 5-3 SEC record is the team's first winning league mark in 41 years. Under Stoops, UK has equaled or exceeded its wins from the previous year in six consecutive seasons. The Wildcats conclude the season Jan. 1 vs. Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl.

 

Kentucky men's basketball sophomore guard Quade Green has decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky.

Green notified Kentucky of his decision on Wednesday and will have the ability to transfer to any school without any restrictions, per NCAA rules.

"I have loved my time at Kentucky and love Coach Cal and the staff," Green said. "This was a difficult decision and one I didn't take lightly. However, after talking with my family and the coaching staff, I just felt like it was best that I explore other opportunities for my athletic and academic future. I have enjoyed my time at Kentucky and I'll never forget the Big Blue Nation for its love and its support."

Green appeared in 43 games for the Wildcats over parts of two seasons, averaging 9.0 points and 2.6 assists per game. He was third on the 2017-18 team as a freshman with 41 3-pointers and had made 11 of 26 this season (42.3 percent).

The Philadelphia native started 13 of 34 games in 2017-18 and was averaging 17.8 minutes per game this season. He played a key role on the 2018 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship team, topping double figures 17 times, including six of his final 11 games played. He had three or more assists in 17 games last season. Green hit the game-winning layup in a comeback victory vs. Vanderbilt.

"I met with Quade yesterday and we talked through a lot of different things," UK men's basketball head coach John Calipari said. "The thing that struck me most is what a great kid Quade is. He felt like he was in a position that he couldn't overcome and he had the maturity to come in and sit down and talk through it with me.

"Quade has my full support with this decision. We haven't had many kids leave, but when we do, we always support them and, in just about every case, stay in touch with each other. I hope that will be the case with Quade."

Green scored in double figures in four games this season, including a season-high 17 points with three 3-pointers vs. VMI. He made a career-high four 3-pointers vs. Monmouth and dished out three or more assists in five games this season.

The 6-foot point guard came to Kentucky as a five-star prospect out of Neumann-Goretti High School in Pittsburgh. Green enjoyed a prolific high school career that saw him capture four state championships while earning Pennsylvania Class 3A Player of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017. He was a part of the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship team that won a gold medal in Chile and participated in the McDonalds All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and was the MVP of the HoopHall Classic.

Paducah Tilghman assistant principal Jonathan Smith was introduced as the head coach of Paducah Tilghman football at a news conference at PTHS on December 11.
 
Smith was an assistant coach at Paducah Middle School from 2003 - 06 and an assistant coach at PTHS from 2007-14.  PTHS football had three semi-state appearances and a 3A championship during this time.
 
Smith was named interim coach just prior to the 2018 football season after PTHS head coach Steve Duncan resigned due to health issues.  As interim head coach, Smith led the Blue Tornado to 9-3 record, the most wins for the football program since 2011.
 
"Coach Smith has one of the sharpest minds of anyone I've spend time with and is very adept with the intricacies of both coaching and managing a football program," said PTHS athletic director Kris Durfee. "As head coach he will have a great opportunity to help not just our football program but also to help teach these players to be great young men who hold the highest values and principles."
 
In his remarks, Smith reflected on the value that football offers as a team sport and the educational purpose that it serves.
 
"I am extremely passionate about the sport of football because without football I wouldn't be standing here today." Smith said. "Football is the ultimate team sport. It teaches you how to reach toward a common goal with people who don't look like you, come from the same background as you, who might not share the same beliefs as you, but you're all working together to achieve one common goal. At the end of the day that's truthfully what education is all about.  That's what football did for me and that's ultimately my goal for this program."